Mastery Charter School

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It's a great job if you're passionate about it and willing to sacrifice yourself

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

I have been working at Mastery Charter School full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

-tons and tons of teacher support, training, and development
-very dedicated staff at all levels
-i can tell the CEO really believes in what we're doing and is not in it for the money or glory
-clean schools, access to supplies, etc
-tight discipline
-raises and promotions tied to performance
-being involved with something that is truly making a difference

i really love working here...this is my 3rd year at mastery and my 5th year teaching, and i hope to be here until i retire.

Cons

-the main problem is, like others have said, there is NO room for work-life balance. the expectations on us are pretty much unreasonable, and we are very closely monitored for compliance. if you work here, don't expect to have much of a life of your own or downtime, at least if you want to get ahead
-we have a large central office staff who get paid WAY more than the teachers do, and that makes me mad sometimes bc we work much harder
-that's really all i can think of right now!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

i really respect my CEO and his entourage, as well as my P and my APs. my dean (discipline support for the grade) is fantastic. i would add to what the others said-stop trying to GROW and instead focus on making what we do have better. mastery 3.0 is a good start, but we really need to have more freedom to do creative and inquiry based teaching. the mastery model is really great and necessary in some cases, but not always. there have been a lot of cool things i've wanted to do with the kids that i think would be "sticky"-er learning than just DI but i am too afraid to do them for fear someone will walk in and disapprove. i try really hard to do everything exactly perfectly.

oh, and you're never going to get cross-campus collaboration amongst subject/grade areas if you keep publicly comparing their benchmark scores!

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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    Worst job ever

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Associate Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Mastery Charter School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    salary, most teachers are well-intentioned

    Cons

    worthless administration, treats adults like kids and treat kids like they are prisoners, required to be constantly silent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make drastic changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It's all good in the beginning...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mastery Charter School

    Pros

    Benefits if you get them

    community outreach

    Cons

    Inexperienced teachers in some subject areas where experience should be an Absolute

    Too many managers on the chain

    Beware of the CULTure!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity on all Levels of Management

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